Custom services

Tailored to more complex Census Program requests

This service allows for products and services to be tailored to more demanding and complex requests that cannot be accommodated by the standard products.

Data services

Custom tabulations

Custom tabulations are available for census years 1971 to 2011. They are produced to meet the needs of individual users, according to their exact requirements in terms of content, geography, format and output medium. This includes the derivation of new variables and the creation of custom geographies. The flexibility of this tabulation type allows for the handling of many demanding and complex requests. Experienced consultants are available to advise clients on the tabulation that will best suit their needs.

Semi-custom tabulations

Semi-custom tabulations allow users to replicate the data content of standard topic-based tabulations for custom geographies or a fixed profile for custom geographies or custom target groups. The fixed profile, which cannot be modified, contains a wide range of characteristics in a compact and easy-to-use format. The data content is similar to, but not the same as the standard profiles published on our website. Semi-custom tabulations contain three types of tables, semi-custom profiles, target group profiles and semi-custom cross-tabulations.

  • Semi-custom profiles replicate a fixed profile for custom geographies. This format allows for easy comparison of characteristics between geographies. The semi-custom profile content pertains to individuals, families, households, and dwellings. Additional costs apply for creation of custom geographies. Available for 1971 and 1981 to 2011 censuses and the 2011 National Household Survey.
  • Target group profiles replicate a fixed profile for a custom target group (such as a specific linguistic group). This format allows for easier analysis of the characteristics of a target group on its own. In addition to the target group, the geography desired can also be customized. The content pertains to the universe of individuals only (no family, household, or dwelling data are available). Additional costs may apply for creation of the target group and for creation of any custom geography. Available for 1991 to 2011 censuses and the 2011 National Household Survey.
  • Semi-custom cross-tabulations enable users to replicate the content of published topic-based tabulations (TBT) and data tables for the geographic area(s) and output medium of their choice.

    Some topic-based tabulations and data tables provide a simple overview of the country; others consist of three or four cross-tabulated variables; and still others are of special or analytic interest. Available for 1971 and 1981 to 2011 censuses and the 2011 National Household Survey.

Files at the Research Data Centres (RDCs)

The 2011 Census and 2011 National Household Survey (NHS) files in the RDCs are response databases in flat file format. The files include person, household and family identifiers which enables analysis of the data collected during the 2011 Census and 2011 NHS.

To access the microdata housed in the RDCs, researchers submit a project proposal to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Statistics Canada.

For more information on the application process please follow this link:

Geography services

Custom Area Creation

Geography Custom Area Creation service allows users to define their own geographic areas for data tabulations. Custom geographic areas are produced from the aggregation of standard geographic areas, or block-faces where available. Confidentiality constraints apply.

Custom Product Creation

The Custom Product Creation service is available to produce non-standard geographic products that satisfy client's individual requirements. Clients may require various custom geographic files, special data retrievals, manipulations of geographic data, or combinations of data from a variety of sources.

Custom Map Creation

The Custom Map Creation service provides users with custom thematic maps, reference maps and other user defined maps, designed and produced specifically to meet their data and/or analytical requirements.


A print-on-demand service for maps is available.